The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The State Theatre in Culpeper, VA, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, offers additional film screenings, regularly programmed on Sunday afternoons with occasional showings on other days as well.
The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
In case of inclement weather, for screenings at the Packard Campus Theater, check the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been cancelled. For screenings at the State Theatre, call their box office at 540-829-0292.
For more information about how to attend, go to the “About the Theater” link at the top of this page.
Request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov
Thursday, Oct. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
THE WITCHING HOUR (Paramount, 1921)
In this second of three film adaptations (1916 and 1934) of Augustus Thomas’s hit Broadway play, Jack Brookfield (Elliot Dexter), a gambler with clairvoyant and hypnotic powers, is able to win at cards through his unique gift. But when he inadvertently hypnotizes young Clay Thorne (future director Edward Sutherland), Thorne kills an enemy of Brookfield's while under a trance. No one believes Brookfield's protestations that Thorne is innocent of any murderous intent, so Brookfield teams up with a retired lawyer in hopes of saving the young man from the gallows. Made a year before director William Desmond Taylor was mysteriously murdered, this mystery/drama is one of the few films he directed known to survive. Film historian and silent film score composer Jon Mirsalis will provide live musical accompaniment. Mirsalis viewed this print that was preserved by the Library of Congress in 1985 and remarked that it was “very spooky with lots of visual touches.”
Black & white, 82 minutes
Friday, Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.)
HALLOWEEN DOUBLE FEATURE
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (Cannon Film Distributors, 1984, R-rated *)
Neil Jordan directed this dark and foreboding take on "Little Red Riding Hood" set in modern times. Rosaleen's (Sarah Patterson) grandmother (Angela Lansbury) tells her cautionary stories about innocent girls led astray by handsome men with heavy eyebrows and wolves howling at the full moon. This prompts Rosaleen to create her own fantasies about men and sexuality. David Warner and Stephen Rea co-star in the disturbing tale. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 95 minutes
HALLOWEEN MYSTERY MOVIE (R-rated *)
This skin-crawling, R-rated horror film will begin at 9:30 p.m. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 97 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
SCARAMOUCHE (Metro, 1923)
Rex Ingram directed this captivating adaptation of the romantic adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, set during the French Revolution. Ramon Novarro stars as Andre, a law student who joins the revolutionaries after his friend is killed by a nobleman. In his adventures, Andre hides out with a troupe of actors while playing the role of the clown Scaramouche, becomes a famous swordsman and a member of the new government. The film also stars Alice Terry as the woman Andre loves and Lewis Stone as his nemesis, the Marquis. Andrew Earle Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.
Black & white, 124 minutes
Thursday, Nov. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
LA TRAVIATA (Universal Classics, 1982)
Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo and world famous soprano Teresa Stratas star in director Franco Zeffirelli's lushly cinematic version of Verdi's beloved opera “La Traviata,” a story of doomed love in 1840s Paris. Oscar nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Costumes, the extraordinary score is performed by the Metropolitan Opera orchestra. In his review in the New York Times, Vincent Canby called the film a "triumph" and "dazzling" and wrote “La Traviata” benefits from Mr. Zeffirelli's talents as a designer as much as from his gifts as a director. The physical production is lush without being fussy. Nor is it ever overwhelming. This possibly is because at key moments we are always aware of details that, however realistic, remind us that what we are witnessing is not life but a grand theatrical experience. It's not to be missed."
Color, 109 min.
Friday, Nov. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (RKO, 1939)
Charles Laughton in a haunting and unforgettable performance plays the misshapen bell-ringer Quasimodo who rescues a gypsy girl (Maureen O’Hara), falsely accused of witchcraft and murder. William Dieterle directed this moving adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The film was praised for its massive production design of 15th-century Paris, Alfred Newman's rousing score, beautiful camerawork, and outstanding performances which also include Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Edmond O'Brien in his film debut.
Black & white, 117 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
THE 78 PROJECT MOVIE: DOCUMENTING HISTORIC SOUND IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
Since August 2011, Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright, The 78 Project’s creators, have been traveling across the United States, recording contemporary musicians on a 1930s Presto disc recorder, and filming their journey for an ongoing web series and a recently completed feature film. The documentary includes interviews with Packard Campus staffers Brad McCoy and Matt Barton. The filmmakers will introduce the film and answer questions about the project and their experiences.
Color, 96 min.
Thursday, Nov. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
HERE'S EDIE: THE BEST OF EDIE ADAMS ON TELEVISION (1960s)
Edie Adams (1927-2008) may be best known as the Muriel Cigar girl, for her movie roles in "The Apartment" and "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," or for being the widow of actor and comedian Ernie Kovacs. Her work as creator/producer/star of her own variety series on ABC or as a pioneer television conservationist is often overlooked. Adams' tireless efforts going back to the 1960s to locate, acquire and save the television programs of her late husband won Kovacs a new generation of fans in the 1970s, and two recent DVD box sets have done even more to boost his reputation as "television's original genius." This program of highlights from Adams' successful and inventive variety series "Here's Edie" (ABC, 1962-64) will be presented by Ben Model, archivist for the Kovacs/Adams collection. The 21 episodes of the show were released on a DVD box set last year, thanks to the work of Adams' son Josh Mills, and had been unseen since they first aired. Look for guest stars Sammy Davis, Jr., Terry-Thomas,Rowan & Martin and Soupy Sales among others in the songs and sketches that will be presented.
Black & white, 120 minutes
Friday, Nov. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
MARCEL PEREZ: INTERNATIONAL SILENT COMEDIAN REDISCOVERED (1912-1925)
Probably the greatest silent film comedian you've never heard of is Spanish-born Marcel Perez. Part of the first generation of screen clowns, his career began in Paris in 1900 and flourished until 1928. During that time Perez helped create the ground rules for the genre in Europe and continued to refine the basics in the United States. An international favorite, Perez was, along with Max Linder, one of the few direct links between European and American silent comedy, and made more than 200 starring shorts. The obscurity that he’s fallen into today is due to the scarcity of his surviving work combined with the gypsy-like way he traveled through early screen comedy – constantly renaming himself and his screen character. Fortunately, several of his films survive and have been preserved by the Library of Congress. This evening of rare Marcel Perez comedies will introduced by film historian Steve Massa who is largely responsible for Perez' recent discovery by classic film fans, and accompanied by Ben Model who, in cooperation with the Library of Congress, is producing a new DVD "The Marcel Perez Collection" due out by the end of this year.
Black & white, 120 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
1939 DOUBLE FEATURE
IN NAME ONLY (RKO, 1939)
In this romantic melodrama, Carole Lombard plays widow Julie Eden, who meets and falls in love with unhappily married Alec Walker (Cary Grant). Alec’s manipulative wife, Maida (Kay Francis), who married him only for his wealth and family prestige, refuses to give Alec a divorce. She convinces everyone -- even Alec's parents -- that she is the victimized one and that Alec is an irresponsible philanderer. The usually dour New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote, “The story, while obvious, is thoroughly convincing, thanks to the ‘natural’ attack which director John Cromwell has taken upon it and to some delightfully pleasing dialogue…. And a generally excellent cast contribute in making this one of the most adult and enjoyable pictures of the season.”
Black & white, 94 minutes
BACHELOR MOTHER (RKO, 1939)
Ginger Rogers shines in one of her best comic roles as Polly Parrish, a salesgirl at a large New York City department store. The unattached Polly leads a quiet life until she surprisingly finds herself the caretaker of an abandoned infant, while everyone believes that she is the actual mother. New York Times critic Frank Nugent wrote, “Although the theme of mistaken maternity is one of the venerables of farce, this treatment of it—written by Norman Krasna, directed by Garson Kanin and played by so many pleasant people—is too logical, too human, too humorous for outright farce. It is comedy, simple if not always pure, and we must call it one of the season's gayest shows.” This sparkling farce which also stars David Niven and Charles Coburn became one of RKO's biggest box-office champions, in that championship year of 1939.
Black & white, 82 minutes
Thursday, Nov. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
A NIGHT OF ELECTRIC BLUES: GREAT BLUES PERFORMANCES ON TV (1955-1989)
Selected from the Library’s video collections and digitally restored by Video Preservation Specialists at the Packard Campus, this memorable evening features legendary blues artists in rare performances, most of which have not been seen since their original airings. Included on the program are Bo Diddley on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Big Mama Thornton on the BBC, The Rolling Stones on “Hollywood Palace,” Muddy Waters on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Howlin’ Wolf on the BBC, Freddie King and Lightnin’ Hopkins on the PBS series “Boboquivari,” Albert King and Van Morrison on the PBS Series “Fanfare,” Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter on “Soundstage,” Etta James on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and John Lee Hooker from the Lomax Collection, which has never been broadcast.
Color and Black & white, 120 minutes
Friday, Nov. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
SO THIS IS PARIS (Warner Bros., 1926)
Ernst Lubitsch directed this charming and sophisticated romantic comedy starring Monte Blue as the dull Dr. Giraud and Patsy Ruth Miller as his restless but faithful wife. Their humdrum lives are shaken when they become involved in a flirtation with a husband and wife dance team. All manner of craziness follows, culminating in a Charleston contest set in montage of a Parisienne jazz clubs. Andre Beranger and Lilyan Tashman co-star with Myrna Loy in a supporting role. The New York Times voted “So This is Paris” as one of the ten best films of 1926. Live musical accompaniment for this new print from the Library of Congress’ film preservation lab will be provided by London-based Stephen Horne.
Black & white, 71 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 22 (2:00 p.m.)
SUSANNAH OF THE MOUNTIES (20th Century Fox, 1939)
Iconic child star Shirley Temple stars as Susannah Sheldon, the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train crossing the Canadian frontier. Befriended by Canadian Mountie Angus Montague (Randolph Scott) and his friend, Pat O'Hannegan (J. Farrell MacDonald) who take Susannah under their wing, the orphan makes friends with a chief's son and helps to negotiate peace when the Indian attacks resume after horses are stolen from the railroad camp. William A. Seiter and Walter Lang directed the family drama which also stars Margaret Lockwood and Victor Jory.
Black & white, 79 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
DARK VICTORY (Warner Bros., 1939)
Bette Davis was Oscar-nominated for her portrayal of Judith Traherne, a wealthy Long Island heiress whose pleasure-seeking lifestyle is put on hold when she begins suffering from headaches and dizzy spells. Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) informs Judith that she has a brain tumor that could threaten her life if not treated immediately. Edmund Goulding directed this romantic drama that also features Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Ronald Reagan. The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best original score for Max Steiner,who was also nominated for scoring “Gone With the Wind” the same year.
Black & white, 104 minutes
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